Will Muschamp Making Noise With Assistant Coaches

D. PritchardContributor IDecember 14, 2010

The recent hire of Will Muschamp at Florida has been very big news in college football.

The former coach-in-waiting at Texas, Muschamp was the hottest coordinator in college football.

One of the most impressive stats about Muschamp is the fact he has been a part of some of the biggest programs in the country having coached at Auburn, LSU and Texas.

LSU won the national championship in 2004 and Texas played for the national championship in 2009.  Even as disappointing as Texas was in 2010, Muschamp’s defense ranked in the top 10 in the country in nearly all categories.

Muschamp must now turn to building a staff.

Rumors have circulated that Kirby Smart might be hired as the defensive coordinator.

This would be a HUGE acquisition considering that Smart holds the same title at Alabama right now. If Florida could nab Texas’s coaching-in-waiting and Alabama’s defensive coordinator, that would prove mighty impressive.

Bringing in an offensive coordinator may be the most important hire in Gainesville, where the Gators were less than exciting in 2010.

Like Kirby Smart, rumors suggest that Major Applewhite has been targeted for the job, but Texas may try to obtain his services since Greg Davis resigned after the season.

If Applewhite stays in Austin, one name mentioned might be Dana Holgorson.

Holgorson is in consideration for the head coach position at Pittsburgh, but if Pitt decides to go a different direction, Holgorson may find his way to Gainesville.  

If Applewhite and Holgorson are not available, Muschamp might go out of the box and look at current Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin.

Harsin has had tremendous success in Boise and will probably look to make a move at some point to gain more exposure, since Chris Peterson will remain at Boise State for some time.

As far as assistants, there will probably be at least one holdover from the current staff. The first one to be offered a job with the new staff will be Chuck Heater, co-defensive coordinator. 

Heater is a fabulous coach and has done tremendous work in Florida’s secondary over the past six years. Heater and Meyer have also been coaching friends for many years and it’s highly likely Meyer will put in a word of recommendation for his old friend.

Steve Addazio is another great friend of Meyer, but Addazio has a different offensive mentality than what Muschamp will want to bring in.

Addazio is an old school option coach and the read option spread attack revitalized his career, but his lack of creativity on offense the past year in Gainesville will hurt his chances of finding employment in the SEC.

Addazio will most likely find a new home in the northeast where he’s still very well respected.

Look for new assistants to Muschamp staff to come from his recent stops—coaches with SEC coaching and recruiting experience.

Muschamp is already proving to be making a lot of noise in Gainesville, which translates to plenty of noise around the SEC.


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